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September 29, 1888


JAMA. 1888;XI(13):449-452. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400650017003

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Electrolysis in Diagnosis.  Dr. E. C. Gehrung, of St. Louis, in speaking of the diagnostic value of electrolysis, says:From the literature on electro-therapeutics, as well as from my own practice, I consider myself authorized to state that one of the effects of electro-puncture, especially by the cathode or negative pole, is that the tissues perforated by the non-insulated part of the electrode become matted together and form a more or less continuous fistulous tract, whereby the escape of fluids into the interstices or intervals between the different tissues so perforated is prevented. It also appears to modify the tissues along the tract of the electrodes so that inflammatory processes will rarely, if ever, be witnessed. Even punctures through the peritoneum seem to be of little importance, for which we have the attest of many trustworthy authorities.If these premises are correct, we may conclude that:

  1. Electro-puncture, especially if

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